The View From Wisconsin
Just a random set of rants from a Sports Fan from Wisconsin.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
As I have moved up here to the Great North Woods, I am slowly compiling a list of things that indicate that you live in a small, rural community. I may add to this list as the days go on, but this is a pretty good start, I'd think. (EDIT: Added items are in italics)
- There are chicken feeding along the side of the road - not less than a block away from the city limits.
- The ratio of bars-to-churches in town is remarkably close to 1:1.
- You can count the number of stoplights in the city on one hand.
- The largest store in the city/town's downtown area is a hardware store.
- The largest store in the city - is Wal-Mart.
- The post office closes early on Saturdays.
- Houses in town have at least one pickup truck, boat or motor home in the driveway.
- Entertainment includes going to the part of town that was damaged in the last tornado, or the last big fire that happened to that one house.
- Even though the city isn't all that big, you can't physically get from one side to the other directly - either due to a man-made (railroad, freeway) or a natural (river, lake, mountain, whatever) feature.
- Your primary hospital is a clinic for a medical group based in another county.
- Nothing is open 24 hours - not even the local Walgreens located near downtown.
- Your local newspaper is a one-page sheet that covers the front page of another paper from a nearby town.
- The closest fast food restaurant to the middle of town is either a Hardees or a Dairy Queen.
- The Dairy Queen closes in mid-October.
- You have a 30-minute or more drive to the nearest Starbucks.
- There is no Menards, Lowe's, Home Depot nor Farm & Fleet in the city.
- You have to dial the area code to call a local phone number.
- You have to use satellite radio to listen to practically anything in your car, since there are about three radio stations in the listening area.
- The side roads aren't even touched by plows or salters/sanders after a snowstorm.
- The local municipality uses sand on the roads - when they use them.